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Government to limit access to FIVE critical services to those using digital ID Maisha Namba

Kenyans to apply for Birth and Death certificates, health services, passports, and national identification cards using digital ID Maisha Namba.

According to an update Citizen Services State Department, members of the public will only access government services using Digital ID popularly known as Maisha Namba. 

Birth and Death certificates are among the services that will be accessed using the Maisha Namba.

Additionally, Kenyans seeking health services from public hospitals will need to produce a digital ID to access services. 

When applying for a passport and national identification card, one will also have to produce his/her Maisha Namba.

“The Digital ID will be used for other services that necessitate real-time authentication of individuals’ particulars and identity,” the State Department explained further. 

This is contrary to an earlier statement by Principal Secretary, of the State Department for Citizen Services, Julius Bitok who had assured Kenyans that the Maisha Namba would not be mandatory.

While the government has not outrightly backtracked from the earlier statement, it has added that all Kenyans will be required within a specific timeframe to apply for the Digital IDs. 

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Apart from becoming the primary form of identification, the government will phase out other cards like driving licence, social security cards, and health insurance cards. 

“As a single unique identification number will be employed, the requirement for other IDs and possibly certain identification cards will be gradually phased out,” the government outlined the long-term plan for the Maisha Namba. 

“By the end of the rollout phase, all stakeholders will have been fully onboarded.”

Meanwhile, the government allayed fears that the exercise is meant to collect people’s data.

In clarification, the government will capture and compare your biometrics against the National ID database to validate your identity but the biometrics will not be stored. 

President William Ruto will officially launch the lifetime identification number in Nakuru County on Friday, September 29, 2023. 

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